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Wiltshire Area Boards

An introduction to Wiltshire's area governance arrangements.

Steve Milton

on 2 May 2012

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Transcript of Wiltshire Area Boards

Governance in Wiltshire

BIG SOCIETY overview steve milton head of community governance any questions? The Area Boards are appointed by the Council
under section 102 of the Local Government Act
1972 and are constituted as area committees
within the meaning of Section 18 of the
Local Government Act 2000 and regulations
made under that section for the purpose
of discharging functions delegated by the
executive. practice The purpose of Area Boards is to develop stronger, more resilient communities by:
Transparent and accountable decision making
Effective collaboration with public, voluntary and private sector partners
Shaping the delivery of local services
Addressing local issues
Building community leadership and local engagement thinking learning Rod Rhodes
'The hollowed-out State'

Power diffused through networks
Increasing complexity of the state
Politicization of personal realm
Exercise of political power only possible through collaboration and influence
governance replacing government contracting commisioning duty to involve partnerships personal care budgets local management of schools government agencies quangos choice human rights third sector Robert Putnam
'Bowling Alone'

erosion of social capital
democratic and civic decline
dependency on public services
loss of trust Wilkinson & Pickett
'The Spirit Level'

Health and social wellbeing outcomes linked to inequality - treating the symptoms with palliative interventions physical health
mental health
drug abuse
social mobility
trust and community life
teenage pregnancies
child well-being, Gerry Stoker & Viv Lowndes
The C.L.E.A.R framework

People participate when they CAN: when they have the resources necessary to make their argument.

People participate when they feel part of something: they LIKE to participate because it is central to their sense of identity.

They participate when they are ENABLED to do so by an infrastructure of civic networks and organisations.

People participate when they are directly ASKED for their opinion.

Finally, people participate when they experience the system they are seeking to influence as RESPONSIVE Bang, Torfing & Sorensen
Network Governance

The importance of using existing networks as a way to mobilize and engage citizens, partners, agencies, organizations and businesses in the development, implementation, and monitoring of public policy. Matthew Taylor
Motivating engagement

Individualistic - 'what is in it for me'

Egalitarian - 'together we can'

hierarchical - 'inspired by leaders'

fatalism - 'oh just get on with it' Chantal Mouffe
The Democratic Paradox

Democracy v rights of individuals
Value and facilitate disagreement
Sloping playing field
Accommodate minority views 18 community areas
town and country
historic and modern
Unitary Councillors
Parish and town councillors
NHS Wiltshire
Wiltshire Fire and Rescue
Housing associations
Voluntary sector
Chambers of commerce
Community Area Partnership Cabinet member
Service director
Community Area Manger
informal cafe style
public participation
roundtable discussions
handheld voting system
audio visual and multimedia
peripatetic £2.5m delegated All decisions will be made by the local Area Board, provided the decision does not:

have a significant impact outside of the area concerned
impact significantly on the overall resources of the Council
contradict any policy or service standard set by the Council
involve the taking of regulatory or quasi-judicial decisions
relate to the exercise of functions in respect of any particular person, including any individual member of staff Service standards are set centrally after consultation with Area Boards.
Boards concentrate on weighing up the local impact of those services.
To do this effectively Area Boards need to assess and compare service performance across the County.
Local service performance data and budget information is split to community area level - placed based budgets
Area based consultation An independent federation of voluntary groups, public bodies, businesses and individuals. The partnership is open to anyone and is strictly non-political. It receives funding from the board, produces a community plan setting out priorities for action, promotes projects and ensures that local people can get involved in activities that benefit the local area. issues referred by Public, Parish & Town Councils, Partners
issues published online
referred to officers, councillors and T&PC
tracked online
many solved at first intervention
tricky and common issues highlighted
round-table problem solving
multi-agency perspective Community Area Partnership Speedwatch! The Community Area Manager
Supporting the Area Board and coordinating the action of many other organisations in the locality by working across traditional organisation and agency boundaries, developing networks, partnerships and relationships at the local level. "the boundary spanner"
very much 'in control'
direct representation
highly visible - clearly accountable
active community leaders
linked in to local networks
empowered and resourced
Multi-agency influence Councillors Collaborative advantage - by working together we can do more for less. Network agents and boundary spanners Facilitated democracy,
a judicial view! Social capital
Eileen and the grit bin Strategic challenge and the importance of information exchange Value the mess! local issues generate engagement participative networks "yes we can" 'real people' and
'expert citizens' 'its not just pot holes' inclusive social narratives encourage collaboration and generate new ideas roll-on, roll-off CAA LSP NPT & CAYPIGS
Children and Young Peoples' Issues Group Area Grants
Devolved service funds
Strategic projects
Councillor projects 18 Area Boards The legal bit... COMMUNITY ISSUES SYSTEM Influencing public services POWERS Wiltshire PURPOSE Meetings Local people monitoring speeding in their own towns and villages - trained by the police, supported by the council But....
more time consuming
more support and training needed
in the 'firing line'
potential for group conflicts (local v centre)
letting go of 'party first' Big Society : challenges

Participation and engagement
Social inclusion and inequality
Facilitating and enabling
Localism and the postcode lottery Multi-agency
Cross sector Participatory budgeting
mainstream activity
service priorities
resource allocation
leverage & co-production Youth development
Street scene
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